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Airbag flaw affects nearly 3 million Honda, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles

Nearly three million vehicles from Nissan, Mazda, and Honda are now being recalled to address possibly defective airbag inflators that were not included in a worldwide April 2013 recall by these three Japanese automakers plus Toyota.

That pushes to about 10 million the number of vehicles affected by these faulty inflators, all made by Takata.

Nissan’s recall targets 755,000 units worldwide including 228,000 in North America. The Pathfinder, Cube, and Infiniti FX35 are affected.

Meanwhile, 159,807 Mazda vehicles have been hit worldwide including 14,794 in North America. That recall covers the RX-8 and first-generation Mazda6.

Finally, Honda is recalling 2.03 million vehicles around the globe including 1.02 million in North America. At risk are the Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, and Element that were manufactured between April 2000 and October 2002.

Two deaths have been linked to faulty airbags in Hondas, both of which occurred in the U.S. in 2009, and the company said it knows of 41 cases of ruptured airbags. Neither Mazda nor Nissan has reported incidents.

All three automakers will replace the defective parts free of charge.

Source: Automotive News